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Campaign fights for forces&#39 pensions

A Lincoln IFA is co-ordinating a campaign for compensation for members of the armed forces who served for over 20 years but have been refused any pension.

Michael Kennedy, a sole trader from Sleaford, is a spokesman for the Combined Armed Forces Federation, a pressure group for servicemen denied pension rights.

Anyone in the forces who left before 1975 without finishing their full service contract -16 years for officers and 22 years for the ranks – was refused any army pension.

An officer for 12 years, Kennedy believes he was misled on advice he was given about the forces pension scheme at the time.

He says a Ministry of Defence admission that wages were reduced to reflect the strength of pension benefits shows it was understood that all servicemen should be eligible for a pension.

Kennedy says: “Servicemen were misled in pensions and missold in advice and this Government has the gall to say endowments were missold. It makes my blood boil.”


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